Documentation and comparative study of two endangered languages in Tibet: Wutunhua, Daohua

The Endangered Language Documentation Programme (ELDP) provides grants worldwide to for the linguistic documentation of endangered language and knowledge. Grantees create multimedia collection of endangered languages. These collections are preserved and made freely available through the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) housed at the library of SOAS University of London.

Daohua and Wutunhua are isolated linguistic islands within the vast Tibetan-speaking area. Daohua is spoken by approximately 2,600 people in eastern Tibet, and Wutunhua is spoken by about 2000 people in north-eastern Tibet. Comparing the two languages, although there is hardly any genetic affinity between them, we find an amazing similarity in their phonological and grammatical structures and lexicon. Their cultural settings and ontogenesis also seem to be close. They exhibit features of both Tibetan and Chinese in lexicon, phonology and syntax, and the expression “heterogeneous but orderly†Primary investigator: Yeshes Vodgsal Acuo

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Location: Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Nankai University Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £49,555.00 Commencement Date: 01/2000
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